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Who is the Best Cornerback in the NFL? Darrelle Revis has an Opinion

Former New York Jets‘ cornerback Darrelle Revis recently shared his opinion on the NFL’s best cornerback. When Revis talks about corners, people should listen. He is one of the best of all time. But just who does Revis see as the NFL’s greatest cover man at the moment? 

Darrelle Revis’ career accomplishments 

The New York Jets selected Revis with the 14th overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft. His career lasted 11 years. Most of that came over eight seasons with the New York Jets, though he also logged time for the New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Kansas City Chiefs following his run in East Rutherford. 

For many years, Revis was considered the best cornerback in the NFL. He even earned the nickname “Revis Island” for the lonely, desolate feeling he gave to wide receivers he was covering. Here’s what he was able to do during his career

  • 145 games played, 142 games started
  • 29 interceptions with 466 interception return yards 
  • Three interceptions returned for touchdowns
  • A career-long interception return of 100 yards 
  • Four forced fumbles with 12 fumble recoveries 
  • 497 combined tackles — 411 solo, 86 assisted
  • 139 passes defended
  • Holds the record for passes defended in a season with 31 (2009)
  • 2007 All-Rookie team selection
  • Seven Pro Bowl selections
  • Four All-Pro selections 
  • Three-time AFC Defensive Player of the Week; one-time AFC Defensive Player of the Month

Darrelle Revis was best known for his suffocating ability to cover receivers. A CBS News piece about Revis on 60 Minutes revealed that before every NFL season, Revis enrolled himself in a “cornerback boot camp” to brush up on his fundamentals. He also prepared detailed notes on receivers he was set to face. 

Who is Darrelle Revis’ choice for the best cornerback in the NFL? 

With a track record like Revis’, it’s easy to see why people would put stock in his opinion about the NFL’s best corner. Few have shown the aptitude to play the position like Revis. His evaluation counts for something.

Revis recently tweeted that he believed Stephon Gilmore of the New England Patriots is the best cornerback in the NFL. CBS Sports elaborated on Revis’s comment: 

“And man, Revis has a point. Gilmore is balling right now. As noted by Evan Silva of Establish the Run, Gilmore allowed a 0.0 passer rating in coverage during Thursday night’s game against the Giants, allowing just one catch for nine yards on seven targets, while also picking off one pass and breaking up three more.” 

But what exactly is it about Gilmore that makes him so good? What has he been able to achieve during his career? 

Stephen Gilmore career overview

Darrelle Revis calls the Patriots' Stephon Gilmore (left) the best cornerback in the NFL.
Stephon Gilmore (left). | Billie Weiss/Getty Images

The Buffalo Bills selected Gilmore with the 10th overall selection of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played five years for the Bills and is in his third season in New England. This season, he has three picks in seven games played and a touchdown. Here’s what he’s accomplished in his career so far: 

  • 104 games played, 102 games started
  • 21 interceptions with 373 interception return yards 
  • One interception returned for touchdowns
  • Five forced fumbles with two fumble recoveries 
  • 342 combined tackles – 301 solo, 41 assisted
  • 100 passes defended
  • Six tackles for a loss

While Gilmore has a ways to go to catch up to Revis statistically in most categories, he’s well on track to eclipse him in some categories. But Revis isn’t the only person to feel as though Gilmore has reached the pinnacle of his profession. His peers share the sentiment, honoring him this offseason: 

“Gilmore landed on the NFL Network’s Top 100 list for the first time in his career, coming in at No. 22. And he made it count, too, as he was voted by his peers as the best cornerback in football.” 

Though Jalen Ramsey may protest, Revis’s opinion is backed up by the rest of the players in the NFL. All those experts can’t be wrong.